Masks now mandatory in BCSD 101 schools

A letter sent to elementary parents by Boundary County School District 101 superintendent Jan Bayer Monday reflects the school board’s Thursday decision to make masks or face shields mandatory for all K-12 students, school staff and visitors.

According to one person present at the board meeting, the change mainly affects students in grades K-5, where until today masks or shields were expected but not required.

They have been mandatory for students in grades six to 12 since schools opened.

Students at all grade levels can be excused from the mask requirement with a note from a parent or guardian.

The decision to mandate masks or shields, the letter says, is based on current category metrics and due to four positive cases confirmed at Bonners Ferry High School.

In addition, the district encourages the following steps so as to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment:

  • Social distance a minimum of 6 feet;
  • Wash your hands often;
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces;
  • Stay home when sick;
  • Sleep to rest your mind and body;
  • Eat healthy;
  • Stay hydrated;
  • Limit your social media time;
  • Set academic goals; and
  • Ask questions.

“Working together and consistently practicing precautions in and out of school will help keep our students, parents/guardians, and community members healthy or at least minimize the spread,” Bayer wrote. “By following the items identified above, we can maintain a healthy learning environment and continue to grow academically. Thank you for your understanding and support.”

To learn more, If you have any questions and/or concerns, contact the district office, (208) 267-3146 and/or the principal of each school.